Jacob Burgess showed a passion for music from the an early age. He learned how to read music and play piano at age 5, started singing in choirs at 8, began to learn violin at 10 and by age 11 he was already in a nationally touring youth choir that was invited on multiple occasions to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Soon after, Jacob began performing in theater, earning principle roles in Suessical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and at the collegiate level in Company. Throughout high school, Jacob continued to hone his skill with voice, piano and violin but added guitar and bass guitar along with french horn to his instrumental talents. By high school he was receiving the highest adjudication ratings for solo violin in multiple festivals and was also invited to join the Wasau Symphony Orchestra for French Horn. By 16 he was also composing his own music.
Jacob continued his music education attending Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin and now holds his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. During this time Jacob continued performing in concert choir, which toured throughout the U.S. Southwest, and also the chamber group Vocal Collective at Carroll University. At the University of Wisconsin, Jacob was selected to perform in several master classes, became an accompanist and performer on piano, and performed a principle role in Die Fledermaus, and the titular role in The Marriage of Figaro. During this time Jacob was also hired by both schools as a music theory tutor, and played a leading role in planning musical and cultural events on campus, as well as formed multiple bands and small ensembles.
His private teaching career also began while still in college. At the behest of his peers and in addition to his theory students, Jacob also began taking private voice students of his own and quickly realized instructing was a wonderfully rewarding experience that he would certainly continue. Teaching in college lead Jacob to become a guest clinician at musical camps, where he worked individually with singers on vocal technique. He brings a wealth of knowledge, and an enthusiasm for music that helps him connect with any student, and an understanding of how to get each unique student to reach their potential.
In addition to teaching, you can find Jacob performing in churches as well as playing bass guitar and singing lead vocals with the new and upcoming 3-piece rock band, MidOcean.